“Into a world of wild secrets and deadly pleasures comes a girl whose innocence may  be her greatest strength.”

Isn’t that a wonderful line?

Today has been a bright writerly day. It began with this wonderful review of Glitter Rose by the much beloved and widely read Kate Elliot.

Soon after the postman left me a box that contained my Burn Bright proofs and the presenter brochure for the series (see left). Both gorgeous! As I mentioned on the Burn Bright site, I began writing this book in 2003, around the time I first started working on Dark Space. My agent loved the premise, but I had a 4 book SF series to write and it got pushed to one side and became the book I wrote when I wasn’t writing. Now my long-gestation-baby has teeth, hair and fingernails and I couldn’t be prouder of her.

To top off this already shiny day, my friend and partner in Burn Bright hijinks,Yunyu, had some good news, as did my Stalking Daylight, screenplay co-writer Lynne Jamneck. Would crack some champers if I still drank. White choc shall have to suffice!


I’ve been working on my screenplay, Stalking Daylight, for Enchanter Films. It’s an experience I’m really enjoying, and has made me realise that I really do think in pictures. The form also suits my tendency to write lean. I’m not tempted to bloat things with too many words.

The original idea started out being reminiscent of Pitch Black, a movie I adore. But somewhere along the way, it’s become an individual. It’s like a child growing up and developing its own personality. Too weird!

Pretty soon I’ll be sending it to my co-writer Lynne Jamneck for her to decipher and make better. I now see know why film people are so adamant about their treatments. A good treatment can make writing the screenplay much easier, whereas a book outline … well let’s face it … the finished book is usually nothing like the synopsis.

Awards

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Peacemaker - Aurealis Award
Best Science Fiction Novel 2014

Curtin University Distinguished Alumni Award 2014

Transformation Space - Aurealis Award
 Best Science Fiction Novel 2010

Sharp Shooter - Davitt Award
Best Crime Novel 2009 (Sisters in Crime Australia) 

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